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Santa Ana Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorney

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A number of clergy in the Diocese of Orange have been accused of sexual abuse, including 26 perpetrators in Santa Ana. The Independent Compensation Program has been established to compensate victims/survivors of sexual abuse committed by priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and several Dioceses, including the Diocese of Orange. If you are a survivor of clergy sexual abuse in Santa Ana, contact DiMarco Araujo Montevideo today. Our Santa Ana clergy abuse lawyers can assist you with your claim and help you pursue full and fair compensation for the injuries you have suffered.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our lawyers have been earning the respect of the legal community in California since 1979.
  • With more than 35 years of experience, DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo is recognized as one of the top personal injury law firms in Orange County.
  • We have handled more than 18,500 personal injury cases and recovered more than $750 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

What Is the Independent Compensation Program?

The Independent Compensation Program is an independent settlement program being run by two nationally recognized claims administrators. The goal of the program is to acknowledge the wrongs that clerical sexual abuse survivors have suffered and the failure of the Dioceses to prevent that harm and provide support for victims/survivors abused as minors by priests of the following, collectively known as the Dioceses:

The administrators of the program review all claims on a rolling basis, request additional documentation if necessary, process, evaluate, and make a determination on each claim, and authorize a payout for each claim determined to be valid.

Who Is Eligible for Compensation from the Independent Compensation Program?

If you have been abused as a minor by a priest in one of the Dioceses listed above, you may be eligible for compensation under the program. You also may be eligible if:

  • The statute of limitations (time limit imposed by law) has run on your sexual abuse claim
  • You have not yet reported the abuse to the Catholic Church
  • You are an undocumented immigrant with no proof of citizenship

Who Are the Clergy Sexual Abuse Perpetrators in Santa Ana?

A total of 26 Diocese of Orange clergy accused of sexual abuse have been located in Santa Ana, including the following:

  • Michael D. Buckley – Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Santa Ana (1971-1975)
  • Franklin (Frank) Buckman – St. Barbara’s, Santa Ana (1964-1967)
  • Stuart B. Campbell, O.P. – Immaculate Heart of Mary, Santa Ana (1977-1980)
  • Santino Casimano (Casamino) – St. Barbara, Santa Ana (1977-1978)
  • John V. Coffield – Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, Santa Ana (1970-1974)
  • Richard T. Coughlin – Immaculate Heart of Mary, Santa Ana, CA (1966-1967)
  • Wallace G. Daley – Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Santa Ana (1975-1978)
  • Harold (Harry) J. DeJohghe – Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Santa Ana (1961)
  • Richard Delahunty – St. Barbara’s Church, Santa Ana (1982-1988)
  • James Grimes – St. Anne, Santa Ana (1959)
  • George A. Gunst – St. Anne, Santa Ana (1969)
  • Michael A. Harris – Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana (1978-1987)
  • Bertrand (Bert) W. Horvath, O.F.M. Conv. – Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana (1971)
  • David LaPierre, O.F.M. Cap. – Capuchin Franciscan Fathers, Santa Ana (1971-1973) and (1979-1982); Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana (1974-1977)
  • Jose J. Mendez, O.A.R. – Casa Morena, Santa Ana (1985); Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Ana (1994)
  • Henry Perez, S.M. – St Anne’s, Santa Ana (1990-1991)
  • Luis Eduardo Ramirez, O.A.R. – Our Lady of the Pillar, Santa Ana (2004-2008)
  • Eleuterio V. Ramos – Immaculate Heart of Mary, Santa Ana (1980)
  • Cesar M. Salazar – St Anne’s Church, Santa Ana (1998-1999); St. Joseph’s Church, Santa Ana (2000-2004)
  • Gerardo Jarencio Tanilong – Our Lady of Lourdes, Santa Ana (1987-1989); Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Santa Ana (2000-2003)
  • Siegfried Francis Widera – Immaculate Heart of Mary, Santa Ana (1985)
  • Philip Mark Wolfe, O.F.M. – St Anne’s, Santa Ana (1986-1987); St. Barbara’s, Santa Ana (1988-1989)
  • Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann – Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana (1972-1974)

Why You Need a Lawyer

Whether you are a survivor of clergy sexual abuse or you survived abuse as a child, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Our experienced personal injury attorneys in Orange County can help determine if you are eligible to file a claim, handle the paperwork, protect your rights and interests, and tenaciously pursue the compensation you deserve. We strongly advise that you do not accept compensation under the Independent Compensation Program without first speaking with a Santa Ana priest abuse lawyer. When you accept payment from the program, you are waiving your rights to file a civil claim against any party in relation to the sexual abuse at any time in the future.

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Call us right away for a free consultation if you are a clergy sexual abuse survivor in Santa Ana. Our Santa Ana clergy abuse lawyers can help.